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Start ups invited to pitch for space at Kent County Show's Enterprise Zone

The Enterprise Zone, which offered ten Kent based start-ups space at last year’s Kent County Show, returns for the 2019 Show on 5, 6, 7 July.

Organisers, the Kent County Agricultural Society, introduced the initiative as part of their commitment to providing local businesses with a platform at their annual Show in July. This opportunity will provide some of Kent’s newest businesses with the chance to showcase their products and services to over 77,000 visitors.

Sarah Evans, owner of Simply the Bees Knees and one of last year’s Enterprise Zone businesses, said, “Taking part in the Enterprise Zone was an unmatchable opportunity to showcase our business and share our vision and values. We were so encouraged by the positive reaction to our idea and our product, proven by the fact we sold out of all our stock. We came away totally staggered at the opportunity we were given and the success we had.”

Successful applications will receive a free 3m x 3m tented stand at the Show to showcase their products and services, tickets for staff, and support in promoting their attendance at the Show.

Rosie Gouldsworthy, Trade Co-Ordinator for the Kent County Show, said, “The Enterprise Zone was a fantastic addition to the Kent County Show in 2018 and it was great to see such new businesses blossoming. The effort they all put in was remarkable and we look forward to seeing which new businesses apply in 2019.”

The Kent County Agricultural Society is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Enterprise Zone and encourages any businesses who have been trading for less than a year and who are based in Kent to apply. 

Applications will be open until Monday 8 April. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet with Rosie Gouldsworthy and Lucy Hegarty, Show Manager.

Rosie Gouldsworthy is available to give advice to any start-ups who would like to apply.  She said, “We believe this is a wonderful chance for new companies to be part of one of the county’s largest three day Shows. As a charity, we work to support the local Kent community, so we are proud to be able to offer this opportunity to Kent’s newest businesses.”

To apply for the Enterprise Zone and find out more about the Kent County Show, visit www.kentshowground.co.uk or follow the Show on social media using @kentcountyshow.